Something crashed in New York Harbor

Learn about the disappearance of the Tugboat Maria 120 crew during the infamous blackout on July 13, 1977. 


Tribute to the Missing

This memorial statue at Battery Park  stands in loving remembrance of the vanished crew of the Tugboat Maria   120, who vanished on the night of July 13, 1977, while investigating  what appeared to be a private aircraft crash on New York Harbor. It is  an ever-present symbol to the families of the missing that they are not  forgotten an a reminder to us all that.........we are not alone.... 

July  13, 1977…NYC was in the midst of a brutal heat wave, the city was  facing severe financial crisis, and New Yorkers were feeling  particularly on edge because of the recent “Son of Sam” murders.

The tugboat “Maria 120” cruised around New York Harbor that evening, on  calm waters, seemingly a world away from the buzz of anxiety throughout  the city streets, with her crew of six men.

Their  shift would go along uneventfully until approximately 9:30pm when all  five boroughs of the city lost power and fell into complete darkness.  Emergency transmissions came over the boat’s radio reporting of the  widespread chaos, crime, and looting that erupted.

As the single screw engine patrolled the waters between Liberty Island  and Battery Park in pitch blackness, something even more alarming  happened. The crew witnessed a bright streak of light through the night  sky and what appeared to be a private aircraft crash into the harbor.  They immediately radioed the Coast Guard a distress signal and informed  them that they were going to try to tow the crashed vessel to shore.

Shortly thereafter, two Coast Guard boats were on site to aid in the  recovery, but what they discovered was far more disturbing than could be  imagined…the aircraft that was reported to have crashed into the  harbor? Not a trace of it…and the entire crew of the tugboat “Maria 120”  was gone…vanished…the boat remained, but not a soul onboard…Many  believe that the “private aircraft” was actually a UFO…

In 1982, a monument was erected by Local 333 and the honorable Mayor  Edward I. Koch in honor of the mysteriously missing crew of the tugboat  “Maria 120” in Battery Park overlooking the waters of the last known  whereabouts of these six men.


The Monument will be on Display at Battery Park.

Harbor Mystery Cruise

A voyage you will not forget

  • Explore the sites and sounds of New York harbor! Experience the maritime mysteries of New York Harbor! 
  • Mysteries  galore! Listen to Captain Louie Garbone tell stories of alien  abductions and shipwrecks from the disappearance of the Maria crew to  the sunken Staten Island Ferry said to have been attacked by a giant  octopus!
  • Selfie package! Half price charge on all selfies/photos taken with your camera on weekdays!
  • Sail the harbor and see the site of the vanished crew of Tugboat Maria!
  • Free commemorative T-shirt with each cruise! 
  • Access to Liberty Island (bathing suits strongly suggested).
  • Re-enactment  cruises available on special nights. Put yourself in the rubbers of the  Maria crew and come face to face with hostile invaders!
  • Night  Cruises available for couples! Take a romantic tug boat cruise around  the harbor! Price includes dinner for two (meat loaf or hot dog), chips  of your choice and "little green rose."
  • Kids! Come meet and greet with Albert The Alien! Take a picture, get an autograph, but don't touch his probe!

 Harbor Mystery Cruise Enterprises has  partnered with the Tim Mills Memorial Foundation in the quest for the  truth - 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Tim Mills Memorial  Fund. 


Tickets can be purchased at Clinton Castle located in Battery Park.


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NYC UFO Tugboat Abduction

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